Sunday, October 21, 2007
Salvatore Scarpitta -
"In the mid-1960s he created a series of racing cars, among them the 'Rajo Jack Special,' a reproduction of the car driven by one of the country’s first African-American racecar drivers, and 'Lynx,' a full-size, fully operational World War II armored car" - from his NYTimes obituary.
His cars were included in the 1972 Venice Biennale. Many photos on the ESSO Gallery site... check out Germano Celant!
"He raced them as part of a team at a dirt track near his second home in New Oxford, Pa., the name of his crew sponsor — the Leo Castelli Gallery — emblazoned on the side of his own car, No. 59" - from the NYTimes obituary.
"These works are extraordinary, carrying the sensibility of weight-of-the-world weariness coupled with red-eyed determination, both grim and joyous, of the working class movement." - James Harithas
Cocoa Dust, 1958
Ernie Triplett Special, 1965-69
Maybe this is Vitamin C?
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